Suspects Use Pepper Spray, Baseball Bats In Attack At Apartment Party Near Central Michigan University

A 21-year-old man was stabbed and taken to the hospital.

April 08, 2019 - 5:29 pm

UNION TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WWJ) -- Police are investigating after an attack at an apartment party near the Central Michigan University campus sent a 21-year-old man to the hospital.

Isabella County Sheriff Michael Main says his deputies responded to the report of an attack in Union Charter Township, just east of CMU's football stadium early Sunday morning, but he told WWJ it is unclear whether students were involved.

During a party at the apartment, a group of suspects showed up and started spraying pepper spray in partygoers' faces and began hitting people with baseball bats. 

Among those attacked was a 21-year-old man who was hit in the face with a bat and stabbed in the abdomen. Police were unsure if a knife was used or if he was cut by a different sharp object or jagged edge. 

That victim was taken to a local hospital in an ambulance, but others who received minor injuries during the attack refused medical treatment.

The suspects fled the scene just before police arrived. The motive behind the attack is unknown. Main says one or two of the suspects may have been known to those attending the party.


Investigators with the Isabella County Sheriff's Department in mid Michigan will be interviewing weekend party goers again to try to find the people who attacked several of them early Sunday.

Anyone with information about the attack is asked to contact the Isabella County Sheriff's Department at (989)772-5911 or Isabella County Central Dispatch at (989)773-1000.

Central Michigan University Police, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police, Mt. Pleasant Police Department, Mobile Medical Response and Isabella County Central Dispatch assisted in the investigation.